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Pioneer Cowboy Jail - Council Grove, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 39.713 W 096° 28.842
14S E 719200 N 4282267
Quick Description: City Calaboose sine 1849
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 3/5/2015 7:29:37 AM
Waymark Code: WMNFCT
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Four For All
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Long Description:

County of jail: Morris County
Location of jail: Main St. (US 56) & Railroad Ave., city park, Council Grove
Marker erected bu Morris County Historicl Society

Marker text:

Reconstructed - 1998
PIONEER COWBOY JAIL
CITY CALABOOSE SINCE 1849
"Only jail in early days on the Santa Fe Trail, within its walls desperados, border ruffians, and robbers were held. During the Indian raid of 1859 two Indians were taken out and hanged by a mob. A bad man, Jack McDowell, was hanged from the Neosho River Bridge after being guarded in the building. Jack the Peeper was shot while trying to escape after terrifying the town for months. This building has housed many bootleggers since 1880. Also some who ran stills producing moonshine whiskey...." ~ George W. Coffin in his "The Story of the Old Jail"

Marker Name: Pioneer Cowboy Jail

Marker Type: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker text:
"Only jail in early days on the Santa Fe Trail, within its walls desperados, border ruffians, and robbers were held. During the Indian raid of 1859 two Indians were taken out and hanged by a mob. A bad man, Jack McDowell, was hanged from the Neosho River Bridge after being guarded in the building. Jack the Peeper was shot while trying to escape after terrifying the town for months. This building has housed many bootleggers since 1880. Also some who ran stills producing moonshine whiskey...."
George W. Coffin in his "The Story of the Old Jail


Marker Location: Morris

Name of agency setting marker: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

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